Emotional father gets ready to watch youngest son Musheer Khan make his debut in U-19 Asia Cup; eldest son Sarfaraz in South Africa with India A | Cricket News


NAUSHAD Khan couldn’t control himself from turning nostalgic. In 2014, he had flown with his youngest son Musheer to Dubai to watch his eldest son Sarfaraz make his India U-19 debut. Nine years down the line, now, Naushad is in Dubai again, this time to watch Musheer play for India U-19 in Youth Asia Cup.

“When I was on the flight, I remembered that day nine years back. I still have a picture of him with Sarfaraz and then team coach Bharat Arun. Life came back full circle for me and I am flying to Dubai again with a lot of pride and happiness,” Naushad says as he lands in Dubai.

Musheer, a promising top-order batsman and a left-arm spinner will make his maiden India U-19 debut. His elder brother Sarfaraz flew to South Africa a day before to be part of India A team which will play one four-day game and one intrasquad game. For Khan, the next few weeks will be crucial.

Sarfaraz says he has passed on his learnings to his younger brother. “I do share my experience of things so that he can learn from my mistakes too. He has the same work ethic as me and we both work hard behind the scenes. One thing I have told him is that there is no shortcut in life and everyday is a new day; so we have to keep working hard,” Sarfaraz said.

The 18-year-old Musheer has already represented the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team last season. He played three first class games with a highest score of 42. He made his debut with his elder brother in the team.

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During a recently concluded quadrangular series, Musheer struck 127 off 47 balls for India A and finished with 2 for 53 to enable his team clinch the title. In U-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, he was the highest wicket taker with 22 wickets and also scored 438 runs to finish fourth in the run getter category this season.

In a recent conversation with this paper, Musheer had expressed his excitement to represent India U-19 team.

“I was too small when my father took me to watch a game in Dubai. I didn’t have much understanding of cricket then, I was just happy to see my brother playing. As I grew up and went on to play more cricket I realised what it means. There is still a long way to go but I would like to thank everyone in Mumbai Cricket Association and National Cricket Academy, who took care of me.

“And not to forget my father, it’s his dream that we all should play good cricket. Important is to be in the present and enjoy each day,” he had said after his selection in the India under 19 side.


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